With David Ospina injured and Petr Cech unlikely to be risked for tonight’s Carabao Cup tie with Norwich, it looks as if Matt Macey with make his Arsenal debut.
The 23 year-old signed for the club in 2013 having been part of the Bristol Rovers academy, but has yet to make a first team appearance. He has had loan spells at Luton Town and Accrington, and tonight is a chance for him to show Arsene Wenger what he can do in a competitive environment.
The League Cup has traditionally been a way to blood new talent, and ahead of tonight’s game the manager is hoping Macey can make his mark.
“He has outstanding basic qualities because his size is exceptional, but he’s also very quick for a boy of that size,” said Wenger.
“He’s very, very quick, agile, has worked very hard technically and has improved. He has a fantastic mentality.
“The last step is that you have to grab that chance when you get it. I wish that he’s relaxed enough and strong enough now to deal with that.”
With the long-term future of the goalkeeping position something that’s got to be addressed in the not too distant future, there’s a real opportunity for someone.
We’ll see what Macey is made of later this evening, and good luck to him on his debut.